Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Week of Rain Destroys a Squash Garden

This part of Texas is usually hot and dry during the summer.   This past week we had a very unusual event:  7 days of rain.    Every day we had some rain.   Some days we had over 2 inches and other days we had an eighth or a quarter inch of rain.  The total rain for the week was a bit over 6 inches.   You might think this is a good thing.  Not so - we had rain every day.   Along with high humidity, we had very little sunshine to dry the leaves off.   I went out to the garden a few Read more [...]

Stunted Squash Plants

This spring, with the new garden not being finished on time, I planted my crops at least a month late, and some plants, like this zucchini, were planted weeks later.    The zucchini that I planted 'only' a month late grew into very large, healthy plants.  This even later zuch, along with all the yellow summer squash that I planted even later, never fully grew.   Interestingly, all of these super-late squash were stunted.   This 8 Ball did grow big enough to produce at least one fruit.  Look Read more [...]

Not a Wonderful Tomato Harvest

This spring, since we moved, we were not able to prepare a good tomato bed. (As noted in earlier posts).   This pic is about how I freeze tomatoes.  On the plate are boiled tomatoes that are about to be skinned.  The fruit then goes into the blender.  To freeze tomatoes, I puree them first since this is how we use them - pureed.  I measure out 16 to 20 ounces in the measuring cup and then put the fruit into zip-lock sandwich bags and then into the freezer when they cool off.  (Since they get Read more [...]

Marigolds – Always Fun

This is an exceptionally nice marigold plant. The flower is about 18 to 20 inches tall and rather narrow and growing in a very nice 12" clay pot.   It is quite different from the sprawling marigolds that I usually grow.   I just save seeds from year to year and they all get mixed up genetically. I plan to save the seeds from this plant. This bloom is at the very top of the plant and, as you can see, there are blooms around the top of the plant.  I can only hope that insects pollinate these flowers.  Read more [...]

Growing Stevia

I purchased one Stevia plant from Walmart this spring.   Last year I purchased a Stevia plant from Lowes and it grew poorly and had thin stems.  This plant has many stems growing from the first 3 main stems.  The stems are thick.  I am very pleased with how this plant has grown - especially since I am growing it in a 1 gallon pot that dries out every day.  I have let this plant get stressed and dry, but it is still growing very well.  Look at the clusters of small off-shoot branches that just Read more [...]

Overview – From July 10

This is the middle walkway between the 2 long rows of raised beds.  The beds are 5 feet wide and 16 feet long - to accommodate the 16' cattle panels.  I planned to plant climbing plants - mostly beans, squash and cucumbers - under the cattle panels on both sides of the bed and plant other things along the outer 2 feet of each long side.  I planted these squash so that they could grow down into the 4' aisle between the beds.  In the very front, left you can see a long vine growing along the outside Read more [...]

Squash and Zucchini

Because of out move, the entire garden was put in a month late. This has resulted in several issues.  Some of the plants didn't mature enough before the heat - and some plants are actually stunted.  I didn't get enough production out of the plants before the heat and drought hit.  You can see the powdery mildew on these leaves.  This zucchini is a Grey Zucchini - an heirloom that is one of my favorite zucchinis. This is an overview of a row of Patty Pan summer squash.  The plants are strong Read more [...]

Basil – It’s Time To Make Pesto

I normally grow maybe 5 dozen basil plants so that we have plenty of basil to make pesto with. This year, however, with the move, I only have a few dozen plants and those plants haven't done great.   This is a Globe Basil plant in a pot.  It has small leaves and does grow in a round globe shape.  This plant is going to seed.   I try to pinch the blooms to that the plant continues to bush out.  These Globe Basil plants just have too many blooms to get them all pinched.  Although the leaves Read more [...]

Figs Are Grown Thru Propogation of Rootings

This is a 3rd year fig. It is planted in the ground and is growing great. These 2 two figs are also 2nd year figs.  All 4 of my 2nd year figs have long trunks with leaves at the top.  All 4 of my 2nd year figs are in yellow-green pots.  Some of these figs are trying to sprout leaves at the bottom. The 2 tall fig trees on the left - they are in the yellow-green pots, have long trunks with bushy leaves at top.  I picked most of the figs off of these 2nd year fig trees - I want all of the plant's Read more [...]